Power play drives Canucks past Canadiens

In Vancouver, the Canucks’ Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser scored two goals each in a 6-5 win, after penalties, over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Boeser collected the tying goal to force extra time, late in the third period.

“We needed that win, obviously, standings-wise but also for confidence,” Horvat said. “And we can’t be satisfied with that. I think we’ve just got to keep building off it, keep our confidence and get ready to go again because they’re going to be coming again.”

Braden Holtby made 31 saves for the win.

Tyler Toffoli picked up a hat trick for the Canadiens against his former team.

“I’m not going to lie, I don’t really care who scores the goals, I just want to win games,” Toffoli said. “And that’s why losing a game like tonight kind of [stinks] when we had the opportunities to win and hold on.

The Canucks were 3-for-6 on the power play; Montreal scored on their only power play of the game.

“We know that we can be difference-makers each and every night,” Boeser said of the power play. “We felt we needed to be better, even though we were getting good looks. When we got one, it just felt like the flood gates were going to open and then we got a few more. It was huge to get that going.”

Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi added single markers for the Habs.

“I think it’s a timing thing,” Kotkaniemi said of his line. “We didn’t really have any preseason games with the team, so a couple of new guys and it always takes a little time to get used to playing with new guys, and I think with our line we’re getting there day by day.”

Tyler Motte also scored for Vancouver in regulation.

Horvat was credited with the deciding goal in the skills competition.

Carey Price made 25 saves in the loss.

“We didn’t lose the game because of dumb penalties,” Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said. “But at the same time, I’ve said many times already we need to be a little bit more disciplined in those situations.”